THE COMPANY

Kartell, founded in 1949, was one of the first companies in Europe to begin transforming plastic materials and using them to create and produce designer furniture, furnishing objects and household accessories.
In the last 60 years Kartell’s main objective has been to take the technological and industrial aspects of plastic - a consideration necessary in today’s economic and social environment - and combine them with a cultural and aesthetic approach. In this sense, Kartell has emerged as a true innovator amongst Italian and international companies. At the end of the 1950’s this technological development led naturally to the birth of the Labware Division, a section of Kartell that supplies products specifically for the laboratory market.
The division uses raw materials, such as Polypropylene, Polystyrene and Polyethylene, to their best possible advantage, creating many products that are lightweight, highly resistant, inexpensive and the natural alternatives to glass.
The choice of the plastic to be used obviously depends on the individual application.
For this reason it is necessary to consider important factors such as chemical concentration, contact time, ageing effects, thermal stress, aggressiveness of detergents, UV radiation exposure, sterilisation and other environmental effects.

It is this commitment to quality that led to Kartell being granted ISO 9001 certification in 1996, and will continue to be its driving force into the future.

CERTIFICATION ISO 9001

In 1996, Kartell decided to certify its Corporate Quality Management System in compliance with UNI EN ISO 9001:1994 standards.

In 2005, the company aligned its Quality Management Systems with the standard UNI EN ISO 9001:2000.

In 2008, the company renewed its ISO 9001:2000 certification.

In 2010 Kartell updated its certification standard and is now UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 certified. A guarantor for this certification process is the I.I.P. (Italian Institute of Plastics), which is itself accredited by SINCERT and CISQ, the Italian federation of accreditation bodies for Quality Management Systems.

In 2017, Kartell will update its certification standard to UNI EN ISO 9001:2015.

CISQ is part of IQNET (International Certification Network), a supranational body which guarantees mutual recognition of the ISO standard in countries worldwide. The attainment and maintenance of this certification, made possible by the commitment and perseverance of all company offices involved, testifies to the continued research into ever higher levels of quality in company management systems.

CERTIFICATION ISO 14001: 2004

In 2011 Kartell achieved UNI EN ISO 14001: 2004 certification for its support of an effective Environmental Management System, an international standard recognised throughout the world and developed about 10 years ago which defines development and implementation parameters in corporate processes in order to achieve an effective environmental management system.

This certification attests that the organization certified has implemented a management system capable of controlling environmental impact in its own business and systematically endeavours to improve it in a sustainable, effective and consistent manner.

ISO 14001 certification is not obligatory but is the result of the voluntary choice of the Company which decides to define, implement, maintain and improve its own environmental management system.

The production of high quality, safe and reliable design products with low environmental impact and which are recyclable. This is the challenge that Kartell is called upon to come to grips with as protagonist in the coming years.


In 2017, Kartell will adapt the certification standard to UNI EN ISO 14001:2015.


A copy of the Quality Certification can be downloaded from the corporate website www.kartelllabware.com

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